Duster Concept – first from budget brand Dacia

Duster Concept – first from budget brand Dacia

Dacia Duster fq

Renault’s low cost Romanian brand, Dacia, will be unveiling its very first concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

Given the interesting name Duster, the concept features a crossover-style body with some unique styling elements like headlights that trail off across the front guards and rear tail-lights that stretch forward across a curving wall of sheetmetal above the rear wheels. Big-ups to Renault designers in Romania and France for creating such a fascinating shape. Contained within is an equally useful interior with a neat modular trick: The front passenger seat slides underneath the driver’s seat on rails, creating enough room to carry a large item like a mountain bike inside the car rather than on top of it.

There are traditional concept car elements that are included like ridiculously large 21-inch wheels, an all-glass roof and rear-hinged back doors, but the Duster’s powertrain is anything but showy. The concept is powered by Renault’s 1.5L dCi four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 105 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Dacia says that’s enough to push the Duster to 100 kph in a limp 9.6 seconds while returning very good fuel economy.

Check back for more updates on the Geneva Motor Show starting tomorrow.

Dacia Duster fq

Renault’s low cost Romanian brand, Dacia, will be unveiling its very first concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

Given the interesting name Duster, the concept features a crossover-style body with some unique styling elements like headlights that trail off across the front guards and rear tail-lights that stretch forward across a curving wall of sheetmetal above the rear wheels. Big-ups to Renault designers in Romania and France for creating such a fascinating shape. Contained within is an equally useful interior with a neat modular trick: The front passenger seat slides underneath the driver’s seat on rails, creating enough room to carry a large item like a mountain bike inside the car rather than on top of it.

There are traditional concept car elements that are included like ridiculously large 21-inch wheels, an all-glass roof and rear-hinged back doors, but the Duster’s powertrain is anything but showy. The concept is powered by Renault’s 1.5L dCi four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 105 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Dacia says that’s enough to push the Duster to 100 kph in a limp 9.6 seconds while returning very good fuel economy.

Check back for more updates on the Geneva Motor Show starting tomorrow.

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